So I was reading the new issue of the Hightower Report today (hey, Jim! why no Web archive?) in which one of my favorite populists talks about giving Americans a Big Project: breaking our dependence on fossil fuels. What an excellent Big Project! Clean energy, high-speed rail, honest jobs created and sustained, all that stuff, and doable with the technology and the brainpower we have. Especially encouraging after watching that impostor in the White House undermine fuel-efficiency efforts while throwing money at Enron. Buoyed with visions of life on the rails — hey, I own the Velocitors, this kind of thing gets me going — I wander over to CNN, only to see the Forces Of Evil attempt to head this one off at the pass.